Western Alliance In Brief

Sleep and Health

04 July 2017 - News - Campbell Aitken

By the time Australians reach the average life expectancy of around 80 years, they will have spent approximately 28 years asleep. Good sleep is essential for general health and wellbeing, but unfortunately, many Australians sleep...


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Public health and universal health care

24 April 2017 - News - Campbell Aitken and Dr Renée Otmar

Good health is a major resource for social, economic and personal development and an important dimension of quality of life. World Health Organization, The Ottowa Charter for Health Promotion, 1986 Happily, we Australians do have...


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Heatwaves and health

14 March 2017 - News - Campbell Aitken

Last year was our hottest year on record, and eastern Australia has continued to feel the heat this summer, with record temperatures experienced across much of the country. No relief is in sight: heatwaves will...


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Clinical trials: why are they important?

14 February 2017 - News - Campbell Aitken and Dr Renée Otmar

Clinical trials are essential in contemporary evidence-based medicine. They help us to evaluate new drugs, therapies, devices, interventions, systems, methods and tests (let’s call them all ‘interventions’ from here on). In this article, we describe...


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Water safety

17 January 2017 - News - Campbell Aitken

Australians’ love of swimming, fishing, surfing, sailing and other water sports is overwhelmingly a healthy thing. Fresh air, sunshine and exercise are great for physical and mental health, as is simply relaxing by the water...


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Bibliographic databases for research

13 December 2016 - News - Western Alliance

A popular and complex subscription-based collection of 6 medical and health care databases. These databases offer access to results of both evidence-based medicine and clinical trials. Although a license fee is required with subscription, in many...


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Men’s Health

22 November 2016 - News - Campbell Aitken

Worldwide, men are living longer and healthier lives than ever before. Global life expectancy at birth in 2015 was 69.1 years for males, an increase of five years since 2000 – the fastest since the...


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